PlayStation Portal wasn't designed for profit, so why was it made?

Sony has revealed in a recent interview that the PlayStation Portal was not made for profit. So, why on earth was it made, then?

PlayStation Portal wasn't designed for profit, so why was it made?
Sean Lawson

Sean Lawson

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While the idea of using the PlayStation Portal to play the best PS5 games remotely sounds fun, the device has been under a lot of scrutiny for feeling pointless and overpriced. Sony has revealed that the PlayStation Portal wasn't made for profit and, allegedly, serves an entirely different purpose.

PS Portal is designed to get more people playing PS5 for longer

In an interview with AV Watch, Hideaki Nishino the senior vice president of platform experience, shared some interesting insights into why the PS Portal was made to being with. Nishino acknowledges that the device is limited in its capabilities and meets the needs of a very specific demographic. The goal of the PS Portal is to get more gamers playing PS5 for longer, not for profit.
“Rather than profitability, we want to increase the amount of time we can play with PS5,” Nishino said. “If you can play anywhere, I think some people will definitely spend more time playing games.”

The PS Portal is there to aid those who don't want to sit in front of the TV while playing their games or for those who fight over the TV with loved ones. With the PS Portal, you can stream your games directly from the console and play them remotely while sitting on the couch, lying in bed, or walking the dog. It has its benefits and perks for sure, but it will only be beneficial to a small audience.
As long as Sony sees an increase in the time played with its PS5 games, it will chalk up the PS Portal as a success. However, the idea that something wasn't made with the idea of profit in mind still seems odd to me and also a little unbelievable.

Why dedicate so much time and effort into making a product if you aren't hoping to make your money back and then some? On top of that, the product has an extortionately high price, which again points to Sony trying to make as much money from the product as it can. I just don't fully buy the idea that this wasn't made for profit.

What do you make of the PS Portal? Do you believe Sony when it says the device wasn't made with profit in mind? Do you actually like the idea of the PS Portal? Would you enjoy earning those easy platinum trophies on it? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments below!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer who focuses on the geekiest Sony news. He specializes in PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, RPGs, and fighting games. Sean is using this experience to cover Stellar Blade, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 for PS5, all while he still dives into favorite games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, and Persona.
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